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Public Culture (2017) 29 (3 (83)): 539–562.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Dorien Zandbergen This empirical-critical study looks at the Air Quality Egg project, a Euro-American effort focused on the collaborative creation of a “smart” air quality sensor network. While widely celebrated as a “best practice” example of bottom-up smart city making, the involvement of a US...
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Public Culture (2015) 27 (2 (76)): 239–258.
Published: 01 May 2015
... and nonhumans that exceeds and performs its occupants. Citing hybrid performances—software in the “smart city,” witchcraft in the streets of Kinshasa, the sermon-filled outdoors in Cairo, and the sensoria of Canton’s opium-trading quarters in the nineteenth century—the article argues...
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Public Culture (2013) 25 (2 70): 272–306.
Published: 01 March 2013
... infrastructure. Marketed as a “smart city,” it is presented as an entire territory whose mandate is to produce interactive data fields that will, like the natural resources of another era, be mined for wealth and, similarly, will generate sub...
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Public Culture (2015) 27 (2 (76)): 201–212.
Published: 01 May 2015
... of the world’s Internet-connected objects is expected to top just 6 petabytes a year in 2016, the sensors planned for one proposed (and still unbuilt) greenfield “smart city” of two hundred thousand people was expected to generate some 250 petabytes a year. This is twenty times the data output of the world’s...
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Public Culture (2022) 34 (3 (98)): 393–407.
Published: 01 September 2022
... toward one predestination. Over the years, these urban holds have taken different names: World-Class City, Smart City, Creative City, Slum-Free City, Zero-Garbage City. All that exceeds the name is deemed expendable so that “the city” can be achieved. Here, the city is constructed by a cast of actors...
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Public Culture (2013) 25 (2 70): 201–208.
Published: 01 March 2013
... infrastructures, and mounting pollution and congestion. Between the city of dense slums and failed infrastructures presenting a modest environmental footprint and the futurist city pretending a smart and sentient urban environment capable of fine...
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Public Culture (2017) 29 (3 (83)): 415–417.
Published: 01 September 2017
... into the final article of this issue, in which Dorien Zandbergen shares findings from an ethnography conducted among participants in the Air Quality Egg project: an open-source smart city effort to develop a small digital device with air toxicity sensors and a corresponding online platform to visualize the data...
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Public Culture (2013) 25 (2 70): 195–200.
Published: 01 March 2013
... LeCavalier, Nerea Calvillo, and Wolfgang Pietsch examine the remarkable project undertaken in Songdo, South Korea, to build, literally from the ground up, a “smart city.” It is a project that often reads like pages out of a fantasy novel, in which machines lead the way to a future utopia, where...
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Public Culture (2022) 34 (3 (98)): 333–357.
Published: 01 September 2022
... to urban dilemmas in the developing world; globalist and private technology companies that seek to experiment with their own variants and imaginaries of the smart and sustainable city; and of course, service providers including utility companies that seek to create new and expand existing markets, maximize...
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Public Culture (2016) 28 (2 (79)): 389–413.
Published: 01 May 2016
... the opportunities made available by adaptation. Much of what we know about enumeration and urban politics comes from commentary on the benefits and dangers of “smart cities” in the global North ( Kitchin 2014; Greenfield 2013) . Intelligent technologies, infrastructures, and buildings are seen to require...
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Public Culture (2013) 25 (2 70): 349–367.
Published: 01 March 2013
..., or South Korea’s ultimate “smart city” of Songdo. This phenomenon is not new, nor is it exclusive to the modern age. Many ideal towns built throughout the ages suffer from the same blandness and one- dimensionality. Filarete’s...
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Public Culture (2022) 34 (3 (98)): 319–325.
Published: 01 September 2022
... and political form has long anchored social thought. By the twentieth century, the city figured prominently as a laboratory for testing modern techniques of governance. In the twenty-first century this discourse incarnates anew in visions of future mega- and smart cities. Then, as now, cities—as signs...
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Public Culture (2012) 24 (3 68): 535–576.
Published: 01 September 2012
... University Press 535 Public Culture Although in compromised forms, Weiser’s ideas for ubicomp made their way into designs for smart environments including the one Sal lived in and the one I am currently most interested in — the media...
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Public Culture (2005) 17 (1): 181–192.
Published: 01 January 2005
... . Paris: Capital of modernity . London: Routledge. Joyce, Patrick. 2003 . The rule of freedom: Liberalism and the modern city . London: Verso. Le Marcis, Frédéric. 2004 . The suffering body of the city. Public Culture 16 : 453 -77. Matshikiza, John. 2004a . National psychosis. Mail...
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Public Culture (2021) 33 (2 (94)): 151–160.
Published: 01 May 2021
...-together infrastructure of the cities of the global South are said to have displayed an unusual resilience. Of course, this paradox is based on a set of assumptions that have been maintained in the face of enormous evidence to the contrary. Resilience, in our view, is a false and redemptive norm that masks...
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Public Culture (2000) 12 (1): 74–92.
Published: 01 January 2000
... the walls of the Forbidden City, each bearing on its uneven surface a suprarealistic depiction of an American currency note. Wang Jin continued to produce such “cash bricks” over the following years and used them to “restore” damaged sections of the palace wall. Other projects in this group comment...
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Public Culture (2003) 15 (2): 347–370.
Published: 01 May 2003
... transformation” plans: new, “smart,” military technologies or new, stupid, military policies or both? Public Culture 15(2): 347–369 Copyright © 2003 by Duke University Press 347 Public Culture It has become vital in social theory...
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Public Culture (2009) 21 (3): 599–618.
Published: 01 September 2009
... and sensibilities of consumer sentiment. We can begin with that cosmopolitan city that never sleeps, New York, teem- ing with millions of would-be consumers. And yet this hub of commercial activ- ity, where mom-and-pop retailers and high-end boutiques...
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Public Culture (2022) 34 (3 (98)): 473–493.
Published: 01 September 2022
... agencies and large development organizations on all aspects of development, including smart cities, health and nutrition, monitoring and evaluation, and environment and climate change. It has grown rapidly in the last decade, from one hundred employees in 2007 to over a thousand employees today. 20...
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Public Culture (2017) 29 (3 (83)): 493–514.
Published: 01 September 2017
... of Carlos’s sisters takes a picture of him with her smart phone. She then sends the image immediately to her parents. Some eight hours north of Guatemala City, Carlos’s father assesses the image to decide whether he should pay for another month of rehabilitation. The pastor discerns the image as well...
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